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The German Embassy Prize of the Washington Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany is awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement in German language and literature. The prize goes to Ashley Trovato.

Ashley is a communication arts major from Owings Mills, Md. She is passionate about everything German and is participating in the Berlin trip this summer.

The Edenia Guillermo Award is awarded to a senior Hispanic student who has achieved the highest academic record in four years of study. This prize was established in 1983 to honor Edenia Guillermo, professor emerita of Spanish, who taught at Hood from 1975 to 1983; she died in 2002. Kirsten Roy is this year’s award winner.

Kirsten is an Honors student from Brunswick, Md., majoring in accounting with a minor in economics.

The E. Louise Leonard Prize is awarded annually to a senior whose major subject is French and who has done excellent work in the language and literature of France. Associate Professor Emerita E. Louise Leonard taught French and Italian at Hood from 1926 to 1970. The prize was established and endowed in 1969 by former students of Professor Leonard for whom she was an exemplar and inspiration. Ingrid Gooch is this year’s recipient.

Ingrid is a senior from Germantown, Md., with a double major in French and psychology. Ingrid is also a member of Pi Delta Phi, the French national honor society.

The Jack and Janet Spaulding Nunn ’61 French Prize is awarded to the most outstanding student studying abroad in France and to academically outstanding first-year students who intend to be French majors. Janet Nunn, a 1961 Hood alumna and long-time Francophile, funded this prize to support the study of French language and culture at Hood. This year’s prize is shared by Nicole Epstein and Matthew Hassaine. Nicole is a sophomore from Kensington, Md., majoring in French. She plans to study in Paris, France next year. Matthew is an Honors student from Boonsboro, Md., with a double major in Middle Eastern studies and French. Matthew is also a member of Pi Delta Phi, the French national honors society. He is currently studying in Paris, France.

The Marion Macphail Prize is awarded to a senior major in Spanish who is not a native Spanish speaker and has not lived in a Spanish-speaking country for more than three months prior to entering Hood College. This award is given in recognition of proficiency in the Spanish language. Professor MacPhail, associate professor emerita of modern languages, taught French and Spanish at Hood from 1926 until 1966; she died in 1980. This year’s recipient is Taylor Tolbard.

Taylor is an Honors student who has majored in Middle Eastern studies and Spanish. She has also completed five courses in French and a semester of Spanish in the University of Seville, Spain. Taylor plans to pursue graduate study.

The Charlotte A. Moran Prize is awarded to a student of the French language who shows outstanding achievement in intermediate French and who plans to pursue additional studies in French. This prize honors the memory of Charlotte A. Moran, associate professor emerita of French and 1957 Hood alumna. Professor Moran taught at Hood from 1966 to 1989; she died in 2000. The prize is shared by Pauline Bustillos, Lucky Hernandez, Laila Nielsen and Elizabeth Pengelly.

Pauline is a first-year student from Frederick, Md., who is studying French and Spanish. Lucky is a first-year Honors student from Grand Prairie, Texas, who plans to major in French. Laila is a sophomore from Greenland majoring in sociology with a minor in French. Elizabeth is a sophomore from Middletown, Md., who is majoring in psychology with a minor in French.

The Jack and Janet Spaulding Nunn  ’61 Award For Outstanding Elementary Arabic Student was established in 2008 and supported by Janet Spaulding Nunn ’61. The award is presented to a student who has excelled in elementary Arabic and who plans to pursue additional studies in Arabic. The award goes to Lydia Jines and Isra Tariq.

Lydia is an Honors student from Smithsburg, Md., with a double major in political science and Middle Eastern studies.

Isra is a first-year Honors student from Hagerstown, Md.

The Jack and Janet Spaulding Nunn ’61 Award For Outstanding Intermediate Arabic Student was established in 2009 and supported by Janet Spaulding Nunn ’61. The award is presented to a student who has excelled in intermediate Arabic. This year’s recipient is Nailah Russell.

Nailah is an Honors student from Bel Air, Md., majoring in sociology.

The Florence A. Pastore Memorial Award was established in 1994 by retired Col. Joseph A. Pastore, former vice president for administration and finance and treasurer of Hood College, to honor the memory of his wife, Florence. This prize is awarded to a student studying abroad in France, or to an outstanding junior or senior majoring in French. Florence Pastore enjoyed her many connections to France and to French culture. She died in 1989; Col. Pastore died in 1997. The award is presented to Matthew Hassaine.

Matthew is an Honors student from Boonsboro, Md., with a double major in Middle Eastern studies and French. Matthew is also a member of Pi Delta Phi, the French national honor society. He is currently studying in Paris, France.

The Dr. Robert Kaufmann German Prize, established in 2011, is presented to a student who shows promise in the German language and who demonstrated a true passion for learning about German culture, history and politics. The recipient of this award is Heidi Yasi.

Heidi is a first-year student from Pennsylvania who is planning on studying German. She is a resident in the German House and is participating in the Berlin trip this summer.